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Living Library

Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 14.09.30“Until we invent telepathy, books are our best choice for understanding the rest of humanity” (Christopher Paolini)

Teachers: Felicity Markdal and Mette Skamris    Lessons: 4/week


• Give students and the wider community a chance to learn about other cultures through the art of storytelling and thereby increasing levels of cultural understanding
• To develop deep listening and coaching skills
• To learn and improve event planning skills through the planning , advertising and holding of a number of public events

This is the central idea behind the living library as a concept; the idea that through sharing our personal stories we can hope to understand one another better, and through understanding contribute towards a more peaceful and generous world. The living library is an event where borrowers (the people that come to the library) borrow a human being (the book) for a limited time period, hear a story from their life, and thereby gain an understanding of people from other cultures, backgrounds and generations. It has been successfully implemented around the world and it is a unique and inspirational event.

This course will be focused upon hosting a number of living library events for the students of IPC and the wider community. There are 2 major components to the course; the first is the finding and developing of human books. This means that you will observe, find and coach individuals in our community to tell their stories. You will learn the skills of deep listening, personal coaching, as well as using your creativity and writing skills to determine titles and descriptions for the books on offer.

The second element of the course is focused upon event planning; you as the class will be in charge of organising and implementing the living library events. Typical tasks will involve, communicating and negotiating with hosting partners, for example the local library, designing and distributing advertising materials, organising librarians and other logistics at the event and so forth. You will consequently have a lot of responsibility, and a lot of freedom. This is a very intense class, with possibilities to really enhance your skills of working with other people, event planning and cultural understanding. So if you; love storytelling, learning about other cultures and are already organised, or want to improve your organisational skills, perhaps this is the class for you.

International People's College, Montebello Allé 1, 3000 Helsingør, +45 49 21 33 61